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, it is "my way or the highway, we will probably not get it done." if in fact mitch mcconnell and john boehner are sincere that they do not want to see u.s. government default, they have to compromise, just like democrats have to compromise. >> the president continues to insist on raising taxes. they are not serious about entitlement reform. i want to get there. i want to do what i think is in the best interests of the country. it takes two to tangle. >> this will take political capital on both sides. i am willing to take my fair share of it. let's step up and do the right thing for the country. host: what is going on behind the scenes? guest: so much. they having meetings. he goes down to the white house. they have a meeting on the patio off the oval office. boehner is having merlo and having a cigarette in the president is having ice-t and chewing a nicorette. they start the process. politics intervenes. the politics is the president cannot control the democratic party and boehner cannot control the house republicans. it is fascinating to hear their internal debates in the capital and then d
mcconnell and john boehner are sincere that they do not want to see u.s. government default, they have to compromise, just like democrats have to compromise. i have shown myself willing to compromise. >> the president continues to insist on raising taxes. they are not serious about entitlement reform. to solve the problem for the near and in the immediate future. i want to get there. i want to do what i think is in the best interests of the country. it takes two to tangle. they are not there yet. >> this will take political capital on both sides. i am willing to take my fair share of it. let's step up and do the right thing for the country. host: what is going on behind the scenes? guest: so much. they having meetings. he goes down to the white house. they have a meeting on the patio off the oval office. boehner is having merlo and having a cigarette in the president is having ice-t and chewing a nicorette. they start the process. politics intervenes. the politics is the president cannot control the democratic party and boehner cannot control the house republicans. it is fascinating to
, the vice president, who in the west wing they called biden the mcconnell whisperer. mcconnell is the senate minority leader, runs the senate republicans which are... >> rose: so biden can whisper in his ear? >> whisper and had a relationship going back decades where they could work deals where... which was essentially predicated on "i know i'm not going to get all my way or you're not going to get all your way, one for you; one for me." and in this case they agreed to take the debt limit beyond the election which was critical for obama and what did mcconnell get out of it? the guarantee there would be no tax increases from the deal. and they worked it out in a phone call and that kind of relationship, that kind of ability to whisper or cajole or make a deal, one for you; one for me works and sometimes you have to do it. biden again was the one who was brought in to work a deal to extend the bush tax cuts in 2010 worked it out with mcconnell. >> rose: wasn't there a conversation between joe biden and eric cantor in which biden said-- or cantor said-- you know if it were just the two of us we
and help the new president. when we know that mitch mcconnell and john boehner had meetings, and mitch mcconnell said publicly that his number one priority was to defeat president obama. now we know from the reports of their strategy meetings that they made a considered decision to stop any legislation that president obama offered to try to get the country moving again. i think that fact needs to become better known as people interpret what the situation is now and how much better it is. but how much better it could have been if they really had helped him. >> jennifer: if you think about it, we could throw--between osama bin laden and getting out of the wars, the stimulus, and right behind you right now they're playing a video about education, the race to the top reforms were enormous. healthcare, wall street reform. despite the fact that he did not have al franken for the first six months or he so of his team. >> eliot: because it wasn't what it should have been in the senate. >> jennifer: and i want to say in august, he really only had a very short amount of time. >> eliot: i think the worse m
in with the old approach. he's the -- he's called the mcconnell whisperer. the guy -- >> the horse whisperer. >> yeah. the guy who can deal with mitch mcconnell, the senate republican leader, who's a real hard ass as you know. but biden can sit down with him and say, one for you, one for me, we're going to cut a deal. >> what did mcconnell say? >> mcconnell said, as long as you don't raise taxes, i'll go along with it. >> but you can never sell that, as you point out, to pelosi wing of the party. the hardcore of 150, 180 democrats are not going to sign on to any deal that doesn't have some kind of balance with revenues and spending cuts. >> but if you dig into the -- this as i spent 18 months doing and talked to the president, talked to the republicans, talked to speaker boehner, they all feel that they can get, you know, if they agree on something and they go out and stand before the microphones and the cameras and say, this is the deal, this is in the interest of the country in the long run, that people will swallow some of that dogma. but they never got to that point and so now we're danc
, and they say like mitch mcconnell, our priority is to get mitt romney voted out of office, which can mitt romney do that barack obama couldn't. >> mitt romney knows how to sit down with someone and analyze the problem and find the aspects of the problem that are common ground. the democrats like to criticize this guy for making a lot of money. you don't make a lot of money without knowing how to sit down with people who may not agree with you to start. but end up agreeing with you at the end and that's what mitt romney brings to the table. >> obviously governor romney wants to talk a lot about the economy, and just what you're talking about, who can turn it around. and yet there seem to be, they're not side issues because they're core demographic issues that are affecting the party. i talked to former governor jeb bush about it. the standing among hispanics. a real liability for the party. >> the party understands that long-term we've got to continue what has been a long effort to reach minority groups like the hispanics and the hispanics are very entrepreneurial. >> to their credit, they
says the darnedest things. he claimed mitch mcconnell said he wanted to make him a one-term president quote when i first came into office. mcconnell did not say that until october of 2010 nearly two years into the obama term. mcconnell added quote i don't want the president to fail i want him to change end quote. in another answer he said george w. bush issued more regulations he had during the time frame and moments later asked the bush administration for too much de regulation. also mr. obama's president hor hennessy over a response to iran's nuclear program he said he is able to block out any noise that is out there. on the recent events in the middle east a wave of anti u.s. violence among other things killed the u.s. ambassador he spoke of the efen inevitable bumps in the road. jay carney said they did not mean what the words clearly say. if that sounds familiar well it is. that's what mr. obama and his defenders claim when he said if you have a business you didn't build that. >> fox and friends will be getting much more reaction from the president's response to the milled east.
this headline -- on the senate floor yesterday, the republican leader mitch mcconnell had this to say. [video clip] >> a number of our colleagues have already spoken about the huge problems that we face and the president's complete failure to lead. we have a $16 trillion debt, millions out of work, the biggest tax hike in history looming, and our military faces crippling across-the-board cuts. the nation and the world needs strong american leadership and robust political institutions to meet these challenges. but the president, with a lot of help from the democratic- controlled senate, has deliberately chosen inaction. why? because over the past two years the democratic senate has seen itself as an extension of the president's reelection campaign rather than a forum for solving the nation's problems. everything that it has done and has not done is meant to help the president and not the american people. so our problems have only gotten worse and the senate has completely broken down as an institution. host: yesterday, senate republican leader mitch mcconnell. this front page of the washington
that behavior of somebody doing something unamerican? what is your standing on that? guest: mitch mcconnell, i believe he made that statement at the heritage foundation or washington think tank and not on the floor. host: bob woodward reports him into national journal and there was more to the statement. guest: it was not made on the senate floor. there was an equivalence here. go back to the bush administration. you had democrats screaming and yelling to impeach george bush because of the war in iraq. you had the senate majority leader: him all sorts of names, not necessarily on the senate floor -- you have the senate majority leader calling him all sorts of names. this is something that has gone on in terms of the coarsening of our politics. there's no room is seems the summit to say, "i agree with the other guy and lustral the lines and fight about that." we see is a stance where, "if the other guy wants to do something, it has to be wrong." parties and that tripping all over themselves. if you go back in time to the eisenhower administration, lyndon johnson decided that their best energy w
of the senate senate minority leader mitch mcconnell blasting president obama for what mcconnell says is the failure to lead on numerous issues. this just happens. it runs about three minutes. have a lock and listen on this. >> mr. president we all understand there is an election going on around here in a few months, but i'd like to remind my colleagues on the other side that we've also got a job to do right now. i mean we've got multiple crisis-level issues to deal with, and yet our democratic friends don't seem to want to do a thing. never before, never before has a president and a senate done so little to confront challenges so great. we've got a $16 trillion debt, democrats haven't bothered to pass a budget in three years. every single american will get hit with a massive tax hike in just three months if we don't act to prevent it. democrats are saying we shouldn't do anything about it. just go off the cliff, go off the cliff, and let's see what happens. the defense budget is about to suffer automatic cuts at the president's own defense secretary. the sevens tk*ebg b secretary in
for you, and senator mcconnell, no support now, so, they are not exactly rallying around you. >>guest: well, if you talk about money, we have been receiving money in the office from people, small contributions, but, lots and lots of them. if you want to help, we would love to have you on the band wagon. >>neil: but it is not out of the question, congressman, you could still win this thing. then the issue comes up that i raised with the senator republican leader as to how you would, then, vote? would you be angry at republicans and not vote with them? would you be an independent? how without vote? >>guest: let me say this, i am deeply concerned about america. that's why i have been doing what i have been doing for years. this is not all about me, this is about fixing an economy that is fundamentally broken. it is about people without jobs, it's about a government that is taking our freedom, and that is out-of-control. i will work with anyone that wants to get america back on track and make sure that the government is the servant and in longer the master. >>neil: you didn't quite answer
all the time that didn't mitch mcconnell promise to block his reelection, something everyone in the audience will appreciate. when mitch mcconnell made that pledge, he had 40 votes in the u.s. senate. not even enough to sustain a filibuster even when he got a 41st vote. he wasn't able to block an initiative for two years. president obama got everything he wanted on the economic front from the congress and the same mitch mcconnell actually cut a deal with him that avoided the expiration of the bush tax cuts at the end of 2010. which would've almost would have almost certainly have pushed the economy back into a recession have those tax cuts all expired. so this notion that republican obstruction has never worked for the president and the notion that has prevented him from getting anything done is just factually false. but for president clinton, he made it in a very powerful way. lou: a number of the facts, the so-called facts that the former president views are what's called daschle let's put it this way, highly chargeable and we will do so this evening on this broadcast. but
a brighter future with hispanic-americans in our nation. mr. mcconnell: mr. president in. the presiding officer: the republican leader is recognized. mr. mcconnell: mr. president, we all understand there is an election going on around here in a few months, but i'd like to remind my colleagues on the other side that we've also got a job to do right now. i mean, we've got multiple cries-levecrisis-level issues th and yet our democratic friends don't seem to want to do a thing. never before -- never before has a president and a senate done so little to confront challenges so great. we've got a $16 trillion debt. the democrats haven't bothered to pass a budget in three years. every single american will get hit with a massive tax hike in just three months, if we don't act to prevent it. democrats are saying we shouldn't do anything about it, just go off the cliff, go off the cliff and let's see what happens. the defense budget is about to suffer automatic cut cuts that e president's own defense secretary -- the defense secretary in this administration -- has described as devastating. the dem
: on obstruction, we get a lot of people talking about what mitch mcconnell said, the republican's main goal after obama wins. your reporter about what he said and the full context of what he said. guest: he's a tough guy. his goal is to make sure that obama is a one-term president. my assistant dug in to that interview. we wanted to find out when mcconnell said that and exactly what he said. it turns out what he also said in that interview was, "i don't want obama to fail. i want him to change. i want him to be like bill clinton." that change of least puts that in context. i was on morning joe this morning and he said, "we have strong him up for this time and time again. i think i owe him an apology when you see the context of in." whether there will be an apology, i don't know, but mcconnell was saying that he wants to work with this guy. he wants change. of course, change in his direction. host: a question off of twitter. good: that's a very question. ryan did not play much of their role. i have seen where he meets with cantor and they talk about boehner being off the reservation in negotiating
says the darnedest thing. he claimed that mitch mcconnell wanted to make him a one-term president, "when i first came in to office." mcconnell did not say that until october of 2010, nearly two years in the obama term. mcconnell added "i don't want the president to fail. i want him to change." in another obama said george w. bush issued more regulations than he has in the same time frame. then attacked the bush administration for too much deregulation. there are also mr. obama's problem with antecedent. obama said he could block out any noise. mr. obama spoke of the inevitability of bumps in the road. today we heard the hapless jay carney explained that the quotes did not mean what the words say. if that sounds familiar, it is. that's what they claim when he said if you have a business, you didn't build that. >> bret: 43 days left. is there time for romney to make something stick? >> perhaps. we had blow up in the middle east. trouble across the muslim world. horrendous crime and terrorist attack in libya. might be enough to shake the standing in a way. but it seems not to stick.
statement." mitch mcconnell called for national unity. arizona senator jon kyl told reporters, "this is like a judge telling the woman that got rained you asked for it because of the way you dressed. okay? that's the same thing. well, america, you should be the ones to apologize. you should have known this would happen." and the conservative wing of the party, that and lambasted romney on monday loved him on wednesday. take a look. >> mitt romney's team was smart in coming out strong last night in saying we should never apologize when these things go down. >> today romney is the only guy looking presidential. romney looks like he's the only adult in the room. >> the weekly standard's bill kristo wrote romney is right to seize on this moment. he's right to reject the counsel of the mainstream media so far i believe pretty much so good. the "wall street journal" -- his political faux pas was to offend a pundit class that wants to cede the foreign policy debate to mr. obama. >> there's a broader lesson to be learned here. governor romney seems to have a tendency to shoot first, aim later. and a
. something that really tells you about what the republican party is becoming. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell hired jesse benton to be his press secretary. now, you might ask, who is jesse benton? jesse benton was ron paul's press secretary in the 2008 presidential election. he was rand paul's campaign manager during his 2010 senate run and then he was ron paul's campaign manager during his 2012 presidential run. so this is a guy who has been as anti-establishment, and as pro-paul as any republican in the country. in fact, for rand paul, the son, to get to the senate, he first had to win a primary against mitch mcconnell's hand-picked candidate in kentucky. it was the true believer conservative outsiders against that entrenched washington establishment. now one of the truest of the true believers is moving into a key position on mcconnell's campaign. but in some ways the move shouldn't be too much of a surprise. to a degree people i think really don't appreciate, ron paul's dramatically changed the face of the republican party. not on everything, of course. his attitudes on foreign policy and
, down was up. look, listen to senate republican leader mitch mcconnell blast president obama's handling of the economic recovery. here it is. >> for four long years, barack obama's been running from the nation's problems. he hasn't been working to earn re-election. he's been working to earn a spot on the pga tour. >> mcconnell leaves out one very important part. republicans like mcconnell, they are the very people who have prevented president obama from advancing his jobs bill and his economic agenda because they just don't want to have him have any success. don't take my word for it. here's mitch mcconnell. hire was the plan. >> our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny president obama a second term. >> that will be in the archives and will be played over and over again for generations. because our government is broken, it's broken because of republicans and their attitude towards progress in america. they were out to defeat this president at all costs. mitt romney's most profound dishonesty last night was trying to make everybody forget about all of the obst
security. that's something, by the way, that mitch mcconnell basically admitted. let's watch him. >> you said, quote, the single most important thing we want to achieve is for president obama to be a one-term president. so how do you respond to those democratic lines of attack? >> well, that is true. that's my single most important political goal along with every active republican in the country. >> in all the details, all the issues we have about last night, a lot of journalists have it with what was said in this convention especially by paul ryan in his vice presidential acceptance speech, was this claim that they were with obama from the beginning, they were rooting for him from the sidelines, open to cooperate with him and he was going to run again, it's now on the record, he wasn't rooting for him. he was looking for an opening. and mitch mcconnell was saying i'm going to stop this guy in his tracks so he doesn't have one trophy to show the voter in four years. >> chris, you're asking me. i believe that that's exactly what the republican goal was. i believe that they met and conspir
was obstructed at every turn by republican who's made up their minds in the beginning of quoting mitch mcconnell and they weren't going work with them. and going to try to block everything he did. there is another side of the argument to get the comments that bob wood ward that he didn't offer them very much. in other words when you look at the stimulus bill or health care reform bill there weren't a lot of ideas in there atracking republican vos so they felt free to vote against those. >> there is something different about being president. of course opposing party is an obstruction. you have presidents like lbj constantly working the ill and relationships so overcome those long shots and you can get things done. it's not just a game of on the other side blocked me or so and so is arrogant. there is a leader has got to overcome it. >> i think it's true and it's been one of the challenges these presidents face. they have opposition. democrat president foremost of the past century and into this century most of the time had conroll of both houses of the congress. or control of one. and this preside
. minority leader mitch mcconnell took to the floor to condemn the democrats. >> never before have a president and a senate majority party done so little. our challenges were so great. >> eliot: never has a minority senate party been so completely obstructionist. be quiet mr. mcconnell, you don't know what you're talking about. another measure that should be worrisome to mitt romney, he's trailing in the polls on the economy. a cnn poll taken less than two weeks ago showed likely voters favoring the president over romney on the issue by a point and the latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll of registered voters showed the president ahead on romney's key issue by 6 points. with the president's numbers improving, democrats look to hold. jim demint told bloomberg news in a comment that would have been unthinkel six months ago and i quote... >> eliot: still not quite sure who that productive class is they always talk about. new york senator charles schumer seemed to enjoy demint's conditional change of heart. >> y
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